Today was the LAST DAY of our 31 days through the book of Psalms! We of course finished out the book, reading chapters 148-150.
Psalm 148 is beautiful, as it calls for literally every single thing to praise the Lord. I especially liked how the author called for even the weather to praise Him. I just think that is such a neat picture to imagine!
In Psalm 149 I like the command to praise the Lord using various ways to do so. I personally love to dance and sing as ways of worshiping God, so reading the author speak of using those very means of worship is awesome. David is calling us to worship Him in song, in dance, with our words and hearts. By using our gifts that we have been given, we are praising Him with the very talents He has given us to use to bring Him glory.
Psalm 150 is really awesome in how it uses the phrase “Praise the Lord” 13 times in just 6 verses! What a great reminder as we close out this study in the Psalms that we are to use the breath given to us to praise the One who gave us life so abundantly.
Throughout this study in the book of Psalms I gained a new appreciation for praising the name of the Lord. I found so much encouragement in each and every chapter as I read multiple authors experience hardships, feel alone, cry out in distress, seek God, find hope, and ultimately put their trust in Him. Each chapter offered something I was able to relate to, as I experience many of the emotions the authors write about in my own life. The most encouraging thing I found was that even though they suffered, they still chose to rejoice in the hope of our Lord and trust that He would deliver them because of His steadfast love. The steadfast love of our God endures forever!
For day 30 of 31, we read Psalms 145-147.
In Psalm 145 we read “one generation shall commend Your works to another…” This is what we should be doing today—sharing the glorious works of God with the coming generations. My favorite verse in the chapter is 19; “He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them.” That has to be one of the most encouraging texts to read in all of the book of Psalms! God truly does fulfill the desires of our hearts when we earnestly seek Him above all else.
Psalm 146 is a wonderful reminder that God is in control. He alone created heaven and earth and everything in and above it. Why would we even want to put our trust in something that was created instead of trusting the Creator?
Psalm 147 shows David praising all of the works of the Lord. He describes creation and what it takes to uphold that creation. He discusses how God can change nature just by speaking it into existence. It truly is awe-inspiring to think about the greatness and power of our King.
We are so close to the end of our 31-day study! For day 29 we read chapters 141-144.
In Psalm 141 we read as David cries out to the Lord, pleading for Him to quickly come to his aid. In verse 3 we read of him asking God to guard his mouth. This is so important for us to understand that we too should be praying for God to guard our tongues. As mentioned before, our words can speak life into others, or tear them down. We should be proactive in praying for God to help our words speak truth and compassion.
I love how in chapter 142 we see David crying out to the Lord for help. He knows that though the people around him may not care, God loves and cares for him so deeply that He is all he will ever need.
Psalm 143 is yet another example of how David cries out to God in times of trouble. David is a man of God whom we can look to as a good example of someone who puts their trust in Him. In this song, David says he will look upon the works of the Lord of old and meditate on them. We should do this very same thing in trying times—remember and meditate on His word and take comfort in knowing He saves His people.
Psalm 144 is an awesome picture that tells us God will prepare us for battle. He will lead us into seasons of struggle, but give us His strength so that we can endure it. He is our strength and our deliverer. In Him we find all we need!
On day 28 of our 31 days through the Psalms, we read chapters 137-140.
In Psalm 137 we read that the author was captured by his enemies and tortured for his faith. He was asked to make music to the Lord, almost to be mocked for it. The author seemed upset by this, not wanting to forget who he was singing of (the Lord), and if he were to forget, he wished to lose his ability to play music all together. He knew that his gift was from God and God is the one who he should be using his talent for.
Psalm 138 is beautiful. The author begins this song by saying he will give thanks to the Lord with his whole heart. This has been mentioned in psalms past, but is once again a great reminder that we should be living in a way that we praise and give thanks to God with all of our heart and soul. Verse 6 of this chapter is one of my favorites; “For though the Lord is high, He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.” This is a wonderful reminder that it is important for us to live a life of brokenness and humility, as God is near to those who are humble in spirit.
Psalm 139 is lovely in how it shows us that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is all powerful, in control of every living thing. He knows all, even before it happens. He is everywhere—He does not live inside of time, but instead is outside of time, which is something hard to even comprehend. I love the way David closes out this song by asking the Lord to search his heart and know his thoughts. We too should be praying for God to know our hearts.
In chapter 140 we see David crying out for deliverance from the wicked. I love what he says in the last part of verse 9; “let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!” this is so neat to me because it makes me think of praying for God to have those who speak lies and deceit be torn up by their wicked words. For the words they utter to come back and bite them, so they might learn that they cannot expect to get away with it without being affected. The words we speak have more power than we realize, so it is vital that we think before we speak.
For day 27, we read through chapters 131-136.
In Psalm 131 the author says he has calmed and quieted his soul. I love that. It can be so easy to just keep our focus on “high” and “marvelous” things without keeping our eyes on the Lord. With this comes anxiety and fear—but when we take time to pursue our relationship with God, we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with peace, thus calming our soul.
Psalm 132 made my friends and I think of the importance of finding time to spend with the Lord each day. Verses 3-5 say “I will not enter my house of get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord…” Though this passage is not specifically referencing that very thing, it reminded us how we should not go to sleep before making time to spend in fellowship with God.
Psalm 133 reminds us that unity within the body of believers is important. Without the support and fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we face our struggles and burdens alone. This Psalm reminds me of what we have been studying on Sunday’s at StoneWater in Philippians and how Paul discusses the importance of unity within the church body.
Psalm 134 calls the servants of the Lord to bless His name. I love this because we are His servants, yet we are blessed abundantly and have graciously been given the privilege to stand in His house as part of His church. Being a servant of God is by no means a bad or lowly thing, but the highest honor and blessing imaginable!
In Psalm 135 we read a beautiful song of praise. Verse 14 says “The Lord will vindicate His people and have compassion on His servants.” What an encouraging reminder that the Lord is for His people!
Psalm 136 tells us that our God is the God of gods. That is pretty amusing when you think about it! So many people worship false idols and gods who have been created or imagined by man. They are weak, having no power or authority. God Almighty is more powerful than all others are imagined to be. He is the God of all things, even over the “gods” of every other false religion.
In this chapter one of the things that stood out the most was how many times the phrase “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever” is repeated. It is such a beautiful truth, and we should be reminded of it over and over again. His steadfast love endures forever!
During day 26 of our study through the Psalms we read chapters 126-131.
Psalm 126 reminded me that we are to persevere in times of trial. One verse in this chapter said” Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” I take this to mean that when we carry on during difficult seasons of pain and hardship and lean on the Lord for our strength, we will be filled with His joy and peace as we push through, knowing that He is working through us and growing our faith.
In Psalm 127 we see once again that without God, we will not ultimately succeed. Though things may go well for us at times, we cannot experience the ultimate joy and satisfaction that we were designed for unless He is King of our hearts and the driving force behind our actions.
Psalm 128 says those who fear the Lord shall be blessed. The way it describes the author’s house, labor, and family, it gives the impression that when we are obedient to the Lord, we will receive more blessings and be more satisfied in our life. Through obedience to Him we can experience fullness that cannot be found anywhere else.
Psalm 129 says that those who afflicted the author did not prevail. Even though they worked against him, he was not beaten down because he had faith and his hope was in the Lord.
I loved how the author tells us in Psalm 130 that if the Lord marked our iniquities we could not stand. God instead shows forgiveness to His people, allowing us to fear Him. I take this to be a blessing that because of His steadfast love and forgiveness, we can show respect/fear in a way that is not frightened, but in reverence of His love and mercy.
During day 25 we studied Psalms chapters 120-125.
Psalm 120 is another great song reminding believers that God hears us when we cry out to Him. He will deliver us! We see the author asking for deliverance from lying lips and deceit. This is so important for us to pray about in our own lives. We must focus on the Word and speaking the truth, not following the way of the world and its lies.
Chapter 121 is awesome. Even though this psalm is short, it has so much encouragement in it! I love how the author points out that his help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. It is beautiful!
Psalm 122 is a song in which David says to pray for peace in Jerusalem and for the people of God to be safe as they love and worship Him. This song reminds me of how much we need to be praying for our own country—for our nation to seek God and live for Him. The Lord should be praised and feared, yet the country that once served Him now mocks His very name. It is disturbing at best, but we know that God is sovereign, even over such saddening times.
Psalm 123 also reminded me of prayers we should have for the US at this time. We should be pleading for mercy, yet asking for God to have justice.
Chapter 124 praises God for His mercy and help in times of trouble. I love how David says that if it was not for God, they would not have been saved. The Lord delivered them.
Psalm 125 reminds me of a song that we sing at StoneWater during worship service sometimes. The song is called “Those Who Trust” and echo’s the words of this psalm, saying “Those who trust in the Lord shall not be moved.” How comforting is that?! Those who put their faith in God will be placed on a firm foundation that is constant and true. We will not be moved!
On day 24 we went through Psalms 118-119.
Psalm 118 is a beautiful song of praise! The very first verse says “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!” The chapter goes on to repeat the phrase “His steadfast love endures forever.” The author gives thanks to God for being a protector and defender. He tells us that those who trust in the Lord are blessed. We should be taking refuge in the King of kings instead of the princes of the earth. The Lord is the strength of His people and He should be praised forever!
Psalm 119 was a long one—it is actually the longest chapter in the entire Bible! One of my favorite parts of this chapter is in verse two. It says those who keep the testimonies of God and seek Him with their whole heart are blessed. I love this because it is a reminder that we should be seeking God above all else and walking in His wonderful statutes. Verse 11 says “I have store up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Again, a powerful reminder that we should be studying and meditating on the Word so that we might walk in the righteousness Christ paid for us to have.
Throughout all of 119 it is clear that the underlying theme is finding joy in the commandments and statutes of God. No matter what trials we face, we can take comfort in knowing that with His word, He will guide us through. Everything we endure is for our growth and His glory. We are to delight in His word and desire it above all other worldly things. It’s beautiful to read so many accounts of people submitting to the will of God!
Day 23 took us through Psalms 113-117.
Psalm 113 shows us that there is no other god in any religion who is like our God! He is all-powerful, all-knowing, faithful, and abounding in love. He alone provides everything we need and loves us enough to pursue our hearts, desiring a personal relationship with each one of us.
Psalm 114 is awesome as it tells how all of the earth should tremble at the presence of the Lord. He is so holy and high above all else that just being in His presence should cause every creature and living thing, every part of the earth itself to fall down in worship of Him.
Psalm 115 is so important for us to understand. This Psalm is all about giving glory to God and not taking any credit or praise away from Him. Anything we have or accomplish is because He has blessed us with it or with the ability to perform such a task. Our strength, knowledge, and power come from Him. The song goes on to repeat that God is our shield and our strength. I love this. He is the one providing us with protection from all things and giving us strength to carry on.
Psalm 116 is beautiful in the ways it praises God for hearing and delivering His people. I love verse 17; “I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the name of the Lord.” We should continually offer thanks to God and call upon His name in prayer. He is our deliverer, our Savior. He is our shelter, refuge, and strength. He deserves the highest praise!
Fun fact about Psalm 117—it is the shortest chapter in all of the Bible! Though it is only two verses, it is full of powerful encouragement. It calls us to worship the Lord, praising Him for His steadfast love and faithfulness toward His people. It’s beautiful!
On day 22 of our reading plan we studied Psalms 108-112.
In Psalm 108 we see David’s excitement as he offers praise to God. He is so enthusiastic about his worship that it is hard not to feel his excitement while reading it. He praises God for all of the ways He has blessed His children, showing His glory. I love how David says that the Lord’s majesty is to be exalted “beyond the heavens.” That is awesome!
Psalm 109 is a cry for help in which David says that despite his enemies returning hate for his love, he will give himself to prayer. I love that. Even in times of distress in which David is being attacked where he could easily just fight back, he chooses to give or submit himself to prayer. He understands that the battle is the Lord’s and He hears when we cry out to Him.
Psalm 110 gives us a picture of Christ. This is especially beautiful to read, as it is so many years before Jesus was even born. It speaks of His power and authority in the coming generation and how He will execute judgment over the nations. The Lord will reign!
Psalm 111 is another Psalm of praise. In the very first verse the author tells us he will give thanks with his whole heart. I love that! The song goes on to speak of the greatness of the Lord’s works, praising His righteousness and faithfulness. Verse 10 is beautiful as it tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Praising Him and giving thanks for His works with our whole heart is the least we should do. He is worthy of all glory, power, praise, and honor.
Psalm 112 is so encouraging for believers! Verse 7 says “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” This is a wonderful example for us to model after. We have nothing to fear, as we know that God is sovereign and in control. He hears the cries of His people and is faithful to attend to their every need. What an awesome thing to be able to put all of our confidence in the One who is all-powerful!